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Preaching the Gospel with Words: Why There’s No Other Way

We marginalize evangelism when we say the good news is social action. I’ve read many mission statements of churches and faith-based ministries during my four decades working with evangelist Luis Palau. Most of these statements declare...Show More Summary

Pew: Black Protestants Show Strongest Support for Paid Maternity Leave

A look into Christian views on paid leave and how the church can help new parents. Alongside arguments for maternity leave centered on health, wellbeing, and economics, a pro-life case for paid leave has slowly developed within the church. Now,...Show More Summary

Church-Planting Metrics: Measure What’s Important (Part One)

Measure outcomes, not activities. A few years ago I was part of a breakout group at a church planting roundtable where we discussed the question, “What is church?” The group was comprised of international and regional directors of church planting organizations. Show More Summary

ICE Deports Christian Who Fled Persecution Back to Indonesia

Man who sought asylum in New Jersey church caught up in 100-day surge in non-criminal arrests. Four years ago, eight Indonesian Christians living in New Jersey received some encouraging news: despite overstaying their visas for moreShow More Summary

Lutherans Celebrate Reformation Where Germany Committed Genocide

Lutheran World Federation assembles in Namibia for 500th anniversary of Martin Luther. Hundreds of Lutherans gathered this week for a global celebration of the Reformation. But they didn’t do it in Germany, where their namesake Martin...Show More Summary

Five Things You Should Know About Reinhold Niebuhr

From Carter to Comey, the legacy of “Washington’s Favorite Theologian” endures. Nearly 50 years since his death, theologian Reinhold Niebuhr still routinely makes headlines. A high-profile documentary, An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story, debuted earlier this year. Show More Summary

Cambodians Usher in a Miraculous Moment for Christianity

How the Southeast Asian country went from an underground church to a church-planting boom. Dozens of pastors crowded around Hun Sen with smartphones extended, snapping selfies to commemorate the Cambodian prime minister’s first-everShow More Summary

The Theology Beneath the Comey-Trump Conflict

How the former FBI director’s interest in Reinhold Niebuhr shaped his approach to political power. Two months before he was fired, FBI director James Comey inadvertently revealed something about his theological leanings that may have...Show More Summary

Cambodia’s Child Sex Industry Is Dwindling—And They Have Christians to Thank

From rescues to legal reform, a faithful minority changed the country’s criminal landscape. Sek Saroeun first read the Bible at a Phnom Penh bar where young girls were illegally sold for sex. Hamburgers were $1.00, draft beers were $1.50,...Show More Summary

The World’s Biggest Trafficking Problem Remains in the Background

How Christians in Cambodia are drawing attention to labor trafficking and the quiet power of prevention. At a shelter in Cambodia, 16-year-old girl points to the scar where she tried to slit her wrist with a broken plate. Two years before, she left her province when offered a job as a cleaning lady in South Korea. Show More Summary

NORP Think and the U.S. Criminal Justice System

NORP = Normal Ordinary Responsible Person The United States is the world’s leader in incarceration. Although America is home to only about 1/20 of the world’s population, we house almost 1/4 of the world’s prisoners. Criminologists have coined the term “mass incarceration” to capture the 500% increase in the prison population in the U.S. Show More Summary

How to Love Your Ideological Enemy

If hospitality is a model for discipleship, then we need both open doors and clear boundaries. #AmplifyWomen is a two-month-long series running on CT Women, designed to generate a new conversation about women’s leadership and discipleship. Show More Summary

Is the Common Cup Still Relevant Today?

The Roman formula is for the faithful to receive the bread and for the priest to drink the wine. I sat in the church where Martin Luther preached some 2,000 sermons, imagining the impact his short life had on the world. Sitting in aShow More Summary

How to Counter the Economic Argument for Abortion

To provide a persuasive alternative, the church must offer holistic, long-term support. Lori Szala’s recent op-ed in the New York Times tells a beautiful story. When she became pregnant as a senior in high school, she decided to keep her baby despite intense pressure from many around her to have an abortion. Show More Summary

The Precarious Task of Praying with Presidents in a Media Age

With the whole world watching, spiritual advisers face new challenges. President Harry Truman was furious. Billy Graham had revealed the content of their private conversation to the media, going so far as to perform a “reenactment” of their prayer time on the White House lawn at the media’s request. Show More Summary

Go Big or Go Home: Reimagining Rural Church Planting

If millions of Americans still lived in rural areas, surely God cared about them too. We’ve all heard it: “Go big or go home.” It’s the phrase we used in high school after we succeeded in eating 66 chicken wings—one hugely important wing more than our best friend. Show More Summary

Sarah Ruden’s Rebellion Against Our ‘Just the Facts’ Bibles

How her approach to translation recovers the emotion and artistry of God’s Word. G od spoke. And not just the world, but the Bible too came into existence. Then again, Isaiah, Luke, and Paul also spoke, using human voices and tools to do the work we’ve come to expect words to do. Show More Summary

What is Christ Together Network and How Does It Work to Saturate a City?

The Directional Team of Christ Together Network talks “God's Gospel Saturation.” Ed: Scott, what is Christ Together? What are you trying to accomplish? Scott Chapman: Christ Together is a network of local churches that band together to reach every man, woman, and child in their city with the Gospel. Show More Summary

Evangelism is a Four Letter Word

Evangelism isn’t what it used to be and is uncertain of what it should be. I get it. Culture is changing rapidly and radically. The methods we have used successfully for decades have become ineffective, even counter-productive. Heaven? Spiritual laws? Bible verses? These no longer spark spiritual interest. Show More Summary

Drone Dilemma: Can Aid Groups Use a Military Symbol?

Drones can help humanitarian efforts, but they come with baggage. Experts weigh in. If someone gets ill in Contanama, Peru—a remote village in the Amazon rainforest—the nearest pharmacy is 50 miles away. The journey takes six hours by road. Show More Summary

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